A couple years ago for my neighbors and co-workers I gave canvas bags. I was so excited for these because I'm all about getting rid of plastic bags and who doesn't need another canvas bags. I went to cheaptotes.com and you can get the bags for as low as $.89 right now. Then I just cut out fabric to make a custom bag for each person. Since the whole point of the present was to cut down on waste I just created a gift tag and tied them with some tulle.
Here are some of the designs I did. The yellow and red one says blurg since the Noices are huge 30 Rock fans.
What are some ideas you've done for neighbor/co-worker gifts? I struggle with this every year.